I got a crate full of old 18650 lithium cells from Nelius a while back and thought I would share one of the battery builds I used these for.
Our local squash club use magnetic locks for the access doors and the old 12V lead acid batteries did not last more than 15min anymore. So these need to be replaced.
I picked 24 cells that all had similar capacities of around 2Ah each and used some 18650 spacers to put them all together 3S8P for a total of 16Ah at 11.1V
The cells were wired up using nickel strips spot welded together, and then I used my smart charger to slowly charge the cells to capacity, giving the balancer circuitry time to work to get all the cells top balanced.
Last part was to wire in the actual charger, setting the voltage and then testing that is all worked fine. The 100W charger should be able to charge the battery in under 2 hours.
It’s been installed a few weeks now and I’m glad to say the door stay shut even on the 4 hour power cuts we had on level 6 loadshedding (the battery was designed to keep the 2 doors shut for ~9hours.